Trustees & Observers
Chair: Dr Martin W Shirley, CBE.
Former director of the Institute for Animal Health. Co-Developer of the first live attenuated vaccine against coccidiosis (Paracox). Martin was also, until recently Chair of the three separate poultry-directed Technical Advisory Committees (chicken, turkeys and ducks) for the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme.
Mr James Corbett
Vice Chair: Mr Jeffrey Vergerson
Chairman of the British Egg Association, Treasurer of the British Egg Industry Council, member of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association Council, Chairman of the LION Passport Training Committee and Chair of the Management Committee of the Organic Food Federation. Jeff is a specialist consultant on the free-range sector and was an active producer until 2017.
Mr Duncan Priestner
Dr Sue Baigent - Observer
Sue has worked at the Pirbright Institute since 1991 and her broad research interest is in protection of chickens against Marek's disease by vaccination. She has developed molecular methods to test chickens for the presence of the vaccine virus strains, and pathogenic virus strains by testing feather samples, so allowing non-invasive testing of chickens. Sue currently works part-time as Technical Manager of the Marek’s disease virus reference laboratory.
Mr John Widdowson
Dr Paul Britton
Paul is an Honorary Fellow of the Pirbright Institute and was responsible for the development of the first reverse genetics system for IBV, allowing the generation of recombinant viruses with specific mutations. Paul is an Editor on Nidoviruses and positive stand RNA viruses for the Journal of General Virology and a Member of the Houghton Trust.